The graveyard at Balnakeil
In this graveyard, which is next to one of the old Mackay houses Balnakeil, is buried Rob Donn Mackay, the famous Gaelic bard of the clan
Castle Varrich sits on a mound above the Kyle of Tongue. Its views from the top are unparalleled. Presumably this commanding position was helpful for spotting incoming attackers.
St Andrew's Church, Tongue
Look carefully at this image and you will probably spot the photographer. Taken in February 2018, looking towards the North from the graveyard at St Andrew's Church
Angela Mackay and Bear
Angela Mackay is a well-known figure in the Tongue area. She was an intrepid helper in the creation of this book. So was Bear.
Ophemert in June sunshine
The Mackay crest glints in the sun above the door at Kasteel Ophemert. The castle is now rented out for conferences and bed and breakfast. A delightful place to visit.
Street sign in Ophemert Village showing the marriage between Mackays and van Haeftens
When the Mackays married into the van Haeften family, the Kasteel Ophemert became part of the clan property portfolio. It is now a lovely Bed & Breakfast, run by Alexandra & Arthur van Dedem
Mackay vault at Ophemert
Outside of the village of Ophemert, in open country, is the graveyard of the Mackays. The vault is underground, covered in ivy, charming. The 10th Lord Reay is among the five bodies buried there.
Portrait of the 13th Lord Reay at Ophemert
Impressive portrait of Aeneas, the 27th chief, who himself was 6 foot 8 tall. It sits in the hall at Ophemert.
Hugh Reay at Strathnaver Museum
The picture shows the 14th Lord Reay at the museum in Bettyhill. The man to his left is holding a Manu Forti flag
Elizabeth, as a girl, at the wheel
Elizabeth Fairbairn, patron of the Strathnaver Museum, as a girl in Holland. Determined, at the helm of a tractor.